MERIDIAN: F80 CD Receiver System – test review

  STEREOPHILE When I first learned that Meridian had co-badged, with Ferrari, a $3000 table radio, I was tempted to cynically dismiss it as a marketing gimmick—an attempt by the audio manufacturer to leverage the brand loyalty of the Italian automaker to its own highly developed industrial designs. The problem was, that required that I […]

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NAIM: Aro tonearm – test review

Stereophile Magazine writes: When I was visiting Santa Fe last Easter (footnote 1), one of the subjects I raised with JA was Naim’s ARO tonearm. This unique unipivot design has languished in Class K of Stereophile’s “Recommended Components” listing for far too long. JA explained that the regular reviewers have quite enough to do, thank you, […]

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ADVENT: The 300 receiver test review

J Gordon Holt writes: This receiver includes a rather respectable little tuner, almost comparable to the Dyna FM-5 in performance, a 15Wpc power amplifier of passable quality, and a preamplifier section that in some ways gives some of the costliest preamps a run for their money.If you don’t live in a difficult receiving area or […]

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SME: 3009 Series III tonearm – test review

J. Gordon Holt writes as follows: The third iteration of SME’s 3009 is one of the most versatile tonearms around. For the same reason, it is also one of the most tedious to set-up because, since every parameter is adjustable, every parameter must be adjusted. To continue reading please click HERE. ===//=== Please click HERE […]

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CYRUS AUDIO: Stereo 200 Stereo Amplifier test review

Roger Kanno writes:  British manufacturer Cyrus Audio has been around since the 1980s, when they were affiliated with Mission Electronics and introduced the Cyrus 1 integrated amplifier. In the mid-1990s, I owned a Cyrus III integrated amplifier with optional PSX-R power supply, driving Mission 762 and 760i loudspeakers, and still have fond memories of that system. However, […]

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BOWERS and WILKINS: 683 S2 loudspeaker – test review

Stereophile: For some time now I’ve wanted to upgrade my weekend system in Connecticut, and have been surveying three-way floorstanding speakers priced below about $2500/pair. I’ve focused on the stereo performance of each pair with music because, despite my interest in surround sound, the great majority of recordings are available only in two-channel stereo. Not […]

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LINN: Uphorik test review

Jimmy Hughes writes ….. The Uphorik is an outstanding phono stage (suitably partnered) to make you fall in love with vinyl. It delivers a sound that’s neutral and natural, yet colourful and full of incident. If you’re able to use it via its balanced outputs, we think you’ll find the results very hard to better. […]

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SME: Model 30/2 turntable test review

Stereophile write …. Dense, compact, and built to run O-rings around the competition, SME’s flagship turntable makes every other design I’ve encountered—with the possible exception of Rockport’s System III Sirius—look almost homemade. I don’t mean to insult the many fine, well-engineered designs out there, but I’ve seen nothing else to compare with SME’s tank-like approach to spinning […]

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MERIDIAN: 808.3 Signature Reference CD player test review

Jason Kennedy: Meridian has been at the forefront of CD player technology since 1984 and the 808.3 Signature Reference is its flagship disc spinner, so no digital stone has been left unturned in the quest to make its third incarnation the ultimate. As early pioneers in technology to reduce the ‘ringing effect’ of conventional digital […]

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CELESTION: Celestion 3 loudspeaker test review

            John Atkinson writes: “Why does John Atkinson devote so much of his time to loudspeakers selling for under a [sic] $1000?” wrote a correspondent to The Audiophile Network bulletin board in August, there being a clear implication in this question that “more expensive” always equates with “better” when it […]

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MERIDIAN: 207 Pro CD player test review

      STEREOPHILE: In a way, you could say that Meridian started the now epidemic practice of modifying stock CD players (usually of the Philips-Magnavox species). The original Meridian player, the MCD, was a reworking of the first-generation Philips and was praised by J. Gordon Holt in these pages in his 1985 review (Vol.8 […]

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ISOL-8: MiniSub Wave recommended by Hi-Fi Choice

Jimmy Hughes gives the MiniSub Wave “Recommended” status for Hi-Fi Choice “I felt things had moved to a different level. The music seemed to flow better, and was somehow more lucid and coherent.” “Improves your hi-fi, irrespective of mains quality” Full review at http://www.isol-8.co.uk/article28.html More information HERE ===//=== Please click HERE to access the entire […]

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QUAD: Reference ESL-2805 loudspeaker test review

  John Atkinson writes ….. When I was discussing the qualities of this speaker with Stephen Mejias before committing my thoughts to paper, he perceptively asked what music I’d been playing. Even as I answered—”Chamber music, soft rock, classical orchestral, acoustic jazz”—I got the point. All audio products push you toward music that plays to […]

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ISOL-8: Substation LC and HC Power Conditioners test review

ISOL-8 is one of the country’s foremost power conditioning experts. The SubStation Vogue tested last year was one of the best power conditioners we had heard, but the LC and HC raise the game still further. The two – that notionally replace the Vogue – takes the basic concept, sprinkles in some DC blocking and […]

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GRAHAM SLEE: Solo headphone amplifier – test review by Christopher Breunig

  In December 2004, UK distributor HiAudio sent me a sample of Graham Slee’s Solo headphone amplifier for review in Hi-Fi News. The copy I submitted to Steve Harris coincided with his replacement as editor by Steve Fairclough – after several reminders it became apparent to me that he had no intention of publishing the […]

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SME M2-9R tone arm test review

Tony Bolton (HiFi World) writes:  Updating a tried and trusted product can be a risky thing to do, especially when an item has enjoyed nearly half a century of production. In the world of hi-fi, Quad have been successful with their updates of the old Quad ll amplifiers and SME have now joined this select […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: GyroDec SE Mk. II turntable test review

  Brad Morrical writes ….. “Once you hear the GyroDec SE Mk.II (or rather, don’t hear it), you know it’s going to be in your system for the long haul. With a naturally balanced cartridge, I have not heard reproduced music sounding closer to live than through the GyroDec. I don’t see the need to […]

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